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[25 JAN 01] SPON END BUILDING PRESERVATION TRUST NEWS
Emergency Repairs Start At Medieval Building

Black Swan Terrace in 192Emergency repairs are being carried out at one of Coventry's oldest buildings as work to bring it back to life gets under way.

Scaffolding was being erected to shroud Black Swan Terrace, which is also known as Moira's Wet Fish Shop in Upper Spon Street, Spon End has been an eyesore for more than ten years.

A deal was signed in November between the City Council and the Spon End Building Preservation Trust to restore the building, which dates back to 1450 and has been on the English Heritage 'Buildings at Risk Register' for most of the last ten years,

Black Swan Terrace
BLACK SWAN TERRACE BEFORE THE SCAFFOLDING WENT UP AND (ABOVE) AS IT LOOKED IN 1912

The building is being covered with weatherproof material to stop the medieval timber frame deteriorating.

The trust, which has leased the building form the city council, will then start work on converting it into a community facility.

The buildings were originally compulsorily purchased by the council for demolition as part of a clearance scheme in the area more than 20 years ago

But behind the brick frontage was discovered one of the oldest timber frame buildings in the city.

Plans to move the buildings to the section of Spon Street within the ring road were blocked by the formation of the Building Preservation Trust in 1994, which campaigned to for restoration work to be carried out.

The scheme is funded by Coventry City Council, English Heritage and the European Regional Development Fund.

The Trust has also launched a website for those interested in the project at http://www.sponend.org.uk/history.htm 

SEE [30 NOV 00] MOIRA'S WET FISH TO BE FRESHENED UP
 

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